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NEW POSTING (JANUARY 2022) Position: Indigenous Outreach Worker (Weekend/Evening shifts)

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Evening and Weekend Outreach Worker

Compensation: $28/hr

Hours: 22hrs per week (Shifts are scheduled during evenings and weekends).

The Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre – is a thriving Urban Aboriginal Organization, offering quality supportive services to community families.  We are currently seeking TWO applicants for the following position for our housing support program for Indigenous peoples.

Position Description: The Indigenous Outreach Worker works in the community of Smithers to support those who are homeless. The Outreach Worker’s primary role is to provide client-centred, culturally appropriate supports to support people who are experiencing homelessness, increase safety and improve access to supports.

Responsibilities: Outreach Workers will be available during scheduled weekend and evening shifts to do the following:

  • Build trust and be present in the community to provide wellness checks and supports.
  • Respond to needs of homeless people experiencing crisis, those currently living outdoors in tents.
  • Assist with the storage locker program in collaboration with Town of Smithers
  • Provide advocacy, support resiliency and increase safety for those experiencing homelessness and addictions
  • Respond to incidents and provide de-escalation support to individuals during crisis
  • Collaborate with a variety of social services to connect clients to appropriate supports to ensure access to basic needs (food, shelter, tent/sleeping bag, phone card, harm reduction, health services)
  • Work with peers with lived experience to grow community understanding of homelessness, trauma and addictions, and reduce stigma.

 Qualifications & Skills:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in social services field or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Willingness to undertake training: Security and Safety training, First Aid, Naloxone/harm reduction Training, Metal Health First Aid, Crisis de-escalation, Indigenous trauma informed care
  • Proven experience with vulnerable community members with complex multiple barriers and risk factors.
  • Strong written communications skills.
  • Understanding of local Indigenous communities and cultural sensitivity.
  • Related work experience with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
  • Class 5 drivers license.

Note: Extensive training will be provided for these positions.

The successful candidate will be subject to satisfactory results of a Criminal Records Check.

Please address all resumes to:
Annette Morgan, Executive Director
Email: executive.director@dzelkant.com

Have questions about this position? Call 250-847-5211 Ext: 208

Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal ancestry. Only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

NEW POSTING (October 2021): Temporary – Contract: Childcare / Study Support Assistants (2)

Dze L K’ant Friendship Society in partnership with NEC Native Education College is working to deliver a community-based Health Care Assistant program that combines academic excellence and the best practices of Indigenous adult education.  We are seeking temporary childcare and study support persons to supervise children aged 2-15 while their parents are undertaking HCA clinical practice shifts in Burns Lake.


-Contract positions. Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre will not be deducting EI, Canada Pension and WCB.

-Temporary positions for the duration of the clinical practice placement only.

-Positions ideally suited to residents of Burns Lake. For residents of other locations, accommodation in Burns Lake and travel expenses will be provided; travel time is unpaid.

Dze L K’ant Learning Hub is guided by Indigenous Principles of Learning and BC Health / Health Canada advice in promoting physically, socially, emotionally and culturally safe learning spaces for participants and staff.


  • Must be bondable (Criminal Record Check -Vulnerable Sector is required).
  • Current First Aid certification – Infant & Children certificate preferred.
  • ECE or Teaching Assistant certification preferred.
  • Current Food Safe and WHMIS certification required.
  • Understanding of BC Covid-19 protocols as they relate to children 0-5 years and 6-12 years.
  • Experience supporting children in formal or informal childcare and/or learning environments.
  • Experience working with Indigenous families in Northwest B.C.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and within a collaborative team environment.
  • Reliable personal transportation. Class 5 driver’s license; Class 4 preferred.

Combination of education and work experience considered.

Preference given to qualified Indigenous applicants.



This temporary contract position requires a formal criminal record check, results of which may preclude an offer of employment. Childcare / Study Support Assistants report to the Project Coordinator – Learning Hub.

Contract start date:           18-October, 2021

Contract end date:             23-December, 2021

Schedule:                                 *Monday – Friday, 7am-3pm (40 hours/week)

Salary:                                       $22 – $26 per hour based on experience and qualifications

*NOTE: Schedule may be adjusted to meet program needs.

Application Details:

Please submit your resume, three references, and cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Mark your application “Childcare / Study Support Assistant” and e-mail to: info@dzelkant.com

or send by mail to: Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society, PO Box 2920, Smithers, V0J 2N0

Closing Date: Open until filled